Mobility Quest 2019

Mobility Quest 2019

Mobility Quest (MobQuest) is a 5-day road-trip adventure for incoming ITS students. The purpose of this off-campus orientation trip is to introduce entering transportation graduate students to a wide variety of transportation trends and issues, with an emphasis on sustainable development. The second, and considered by some to be the most important purpose, is to provide students with the opportunity to get to know each other prior to starting the academic year.

Tentative Itinerary: September 8th – September 12th

Day 1: September 8th, Sunday
Hiking adventure through Yosemite National Park
Lodging: Groveland

Day 2: September 9th, Monday
Morning: Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YART)
Afternoon: Kiwi Transport
Lodging: San Francisco

Day 3: September 10th, Tuesday
Morning: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency – SFMTA
Afternoon: JUMP – Your Ride – Electrified
Lodging: San Francisco

Day 4: September 11th, Wednesday
Morning: Bay Area Air Quality Management District – BAAQMD
Afternoon: Proterra – America’s Most Popular Electric Bus
Lodging: Sacramento

Day 5: September 12th, Thursday
All Day: Old Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
Lodging: returning to Davis

Accommodations: What to Expect?

Costs: The cost of participation is covered by UC Davis – Institute of Transportation Studies. Transportation, lodging, and meals are provided.

Transportation: We will mainly travel in vans. However, we do our best to minimize time spent in the car.

Suggested Packing List

Our schedule includes a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Expect mostly warm temperatures during the day but be prepared for colder weather at night. We recommend business casual attire for events (long pants and closed-toe shoes) and more comfortable clothing for physical activities.

  • Clothing and shoes: outdoor, casual, business-casual. Some facilities require as a safety policy long pants, a shirt with sleeves, and closed toe shoes.
  • Jacket (windbreaker is recommended)
  • Swimsuit
  • Hat/Cap
  • Bicycle helmet (if possible)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • Toiletries
  • Medications
  • Cash (for personal use)
  • Camera
  • Entertainment (board games, books, music for the car ride)
  • Passport or US ID/DL


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